Applications in satellite navigation, whether on smartphones, laptops or government mainframes, are expected to multiply rapidly in coming years. The EU is focusing in particular on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology to advance environmental causes and sustainable development. Two pivotal EU-driven initiatives in this respect that rely on GNSS technology are the Global Environmental Earth Observation (GEEO) community and the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). In this context, the EU-funded project GNSS for Global environmental earth observation (GEEO) and GEOSS (GFG2) is bringing experts together under one umbrella to explore exciting new GNSS applications. It is defining a roadmap and policy framework for recent and upcoming technologies in the field, ensuring strong emergence of useful applications and promoting GNSS for GEEO and GEOSS research. To achieve its aims, the project is consolidating researchers and industry stakeholders under one tightly knit community through online means and through social media, encouraging knowledge transfer and information exchange. It is actively enhancing collaboration among GNSS, GEEO and GEOSS experts by launching joint publications and encouraging joint project proposals. The project is also enhancing research-industry collaboration to implement emerging new applications through a number of workshops. So far, it has selected key people to create the roadmap team and conducted a workshop in Sweden in order to launch the envisioned roadmap. In addition, it has evaluated the value of a European GNSS-independent constellation (EGNOS-GALILEO) to support GEEO and GEOSS, identifying benefits for society that could result from these efforts. Significant work has already been accomplished towards a better understanding of GNSS technology for GEEO and GEOSS research, providing unparalleled support to geographic Earth Observation (EO) communities. The project has also conducted training and education initiatives in this area, encouraging knowledge transfer and fostering industrial competitiveness. By preparing for the future of GNSS technology and enriching end users with a myriad of applications, the project will support agriculture, navigation, climate change, sustainability and security in unprecedented ways.
Professor vid Earth and Space Sciences
Leicester, United Kingdom
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Funding Chalmers participation during 2011–2013